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From St. Jean Vianney:

“The more you pray, the more you want to. It’s like a fish that starts by swimming near the surface of the water, then plunges and goes on swimming deeper and deeper. The soul plunges, is swallowed up, and loses itself in the delights of conversation with God.”


Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank



The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has served hungry and needy neighbors in the 11-parish service area for more than 35 years, and are one of the deserving recipients of a Works of Mercy Trust award this year. The Food Bank continues to provide food to well over 100 agencies free of charge—more than 10.8 million pounds of food per year. With exceptional efficiency, every dollar donated can provide 3 full meals. In addition, thousands of volunteers donate their time to make certain those in need receive nutritious food. Please choose to donate to such a worthy organization, and give of your time to help feed the hungry in your community: Call (225) 359-9940, or visit the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s inspiring and informative website,



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Type Casting

From the Stewardship Today Archives, July 2007

The Gospels well over with stories that we enjoy sharing with our children. The birth of Christ is told over and over. So are the stories of miracles—five thousand fed with just a little bread and a few fish, adults and children healed, one man lowered by his friends through the ceiling of someone else’s house. Perhaps few stories are enjoyed by more children than the story told in Luke, chapter 19, about the diminutive tax collector named Zacchaeus. Even if we rely on the New Testament alone, we know a fair amount about this man. He was a chief tax collector, and tax collectors were universally despised for the fees they demanded from their own countrymen. more


Third Order of Mary

The St. Agnes Confraternity of the Third Order of Mary has scheduled a July social for Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 4 PM, in the conference center of St. Agnes Church, 749 East Boulevard in Baton Rouge. For more information, please call Karen Mollere at (225) 272-5915.

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St. Jean Vianney Parish and Parish Stewardship


The devoted and hard-working ministry staff members of a Catholic parish, as well as the church’s teams of dedicated volunteers, know the needs of that Catholic parish and the hopes of fellow parishioners better than anyone else. It’s sensible and steadfastly true. How parish leaders respond to those needs, though, varies a great deal. We learn best from the examples of local parishes who do an exemplary job providing spiritual nurture, enlisting the help of volunteers, and providing for the regular budgetary and special financial needs of parish life. An excellent example of that commitment is found at St. Jean Vianney Parish in the Diocese of Baton Rouge,

Massive bronze doors mark the sanctuary entrance, their bas-relief representations of personal objects contributed by church members—more than six hundred in all—adorn the exterior panels. The doors serve as a distinctive welcome and illustrate the extensive individual interests that define healthy Catholic life. Among the many informational pages on the church website is one entitled “Total Stewardship,” a portal for celebrating and focusing that personal involvement.



Click on the “Total Stewardship” option, and you’ll be directed to three additional pages, one each for the Stewardship of Finance, the Stewardship of Prayer, and the Stewardship of Ministry. Members and guests can contribute through the church’s engaging Online Giving program, and can express their interest in volunteer opportunities, indicating preferences through an easy-to-use Ministry Sign-Up Form.

Current stewardship brochures are readily accessible to read or download. Video clips related to ministry projects, training and vision planning are often available. Recommended links have long included thoughtful connection to this publication and others providing stewardship information and instruction. And the parish’s vision statement and ministry goals are helpful reminders that a church under the leadership of Fr. Thomas Ranzino, diocesan Vicar General, ministers to many, serves well, and honors Jesus Christ in worship, fellowship, community outreach and service. If you are looking to refocus your stewardship efforts, learn from a successful Stewardship Committee, or simply gain insight from a parish with established stewardship success, visit the website of St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church in Baton Rouge to learn more.


“The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’ ”

(Luke 10:1-2; New American Bible, Revised Edition)


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Planned Giving

It’s Easier Than Ever to Support the Diocese of Baton Rouge

Simply Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

You’ve worked hard, saved diligently and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you’re also looking for a way to give back to the organizations and causes that have been important to you. Consider making a gift from your IRA.

If you’re 70½ or older, you can use the IRA charitable rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Diocese of Baton Rouge. This provision allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution. 

Read more . . .

And, for additional information concerning Diocese of Baton Rouge Planned Giving options, please visit the “Plan My Legacy” page through the Office of Stewardship website:

July 2019 

Stewardship: A Louisiana Legacy


The Total Stewardship Curriculum

Wholly Committed



More than three decades after its initial appearance the Diocese of Baton Rouge Office of Stewardship has released the latest version of the Total Stewardship Curriculum, a completely revised and restructured package of instructional materials designed to promote stewardship health in the lives of Catholic parishioners and every diocesan parish. This year’s theme highlights St. Paul’s message to the Colossians: “Whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17). A binder with dozens of stewardship resources, supplemental brochures and cards, and a companion DVD featuring additional downloadables, is once again framed by the Stewardship of Prayer, Stewardship of Ministry, and Stewardship of Finance.


The Stewardship of Prayer

prayer july2019The Presence of a Gentle Whisper


We live in a noisy world, practically every second filled with someone else’s voice, and the sounds of our devices and machines. Silence—to the degree we even experience it—almost makes us feel uncomfortable, as if we’ve come to believe it a mistake, an error, sensing something is missing. Perhaps you know the children’s book, A Hole is to Dig. The premise is simple enough. Everything has a basic purpose. more


Keeping It Quiet
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The Stewardship of Ministry

ministry july2019No Law to Limit These

We are called to be good, and kind, and faithful. From a favorite story: Years ago, a 10-year old boy climbed onto a stool at his neighborhood soda fountain. “How much is your ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” said the waitress. He reached into his pockets and began to count the change he’d saved. With other customers to wait on, she grew impatient. After a minute or two, he asked, “So, how much is just a plain dish of ice cream?” She rolled her eyes.. . .read more


Do Unto Others ... read more

The Stewardship of Finance

finance july2019Do What You’ve Learned to Do


If you were a fisherman, with a successful business catching fish—your own equipment, your own boats—and someone came along who directed you to the honey hole, the best spot for the best catch, you know what you’d do? You’d hire that person, that’s what you’d do, believing such a fishing guide belonged on your staff. You’d offer him or her a job. Of course you would. So, when Jesus told the apostle where to drop his nets, what did Simon Peter do?. . .read more


Fruit, Not Thorns ... read more

The rule of justice is plain: namely, that a good person ought not to swerve from the truth, nor inflict any unjust loss on anyone, nor act in any way deceitfully or fraudulently”   

                                                                               St. Ambrose of Milan


“The chains of grace are so powerful, and yet so sweet, that though they attract our heart, they do not shackle our freedoms.”   

                                                                               St. Francis de Sales


“If things created are so full of loveliness, how resplendent with beauty must be the One who made them! The wisdom of the Worker is apparent in his handiwork.”   

                                                                               St. Anthony of Padua


“We should not attach much value to what we have given God, since we shall receive for the little we have bestowed upon him much more in this life and in the next.”   

                                                                               St. Teresa of Avila

Stewardship Today is a monthly devotional newsletter designed to assist Catholics everywhere in developing a greater understanding of the role of stewardship in everyday life.
All we are, and all we possess, are gifts from God for our use and for the blessing of others. Through wise stewardship, we invest our time, our talents and our treasures to the glory of God.

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